After severe water damage, the property has to get restored to its original condition. The company responsible for restoring the property has to follow proper restoration practices. If the company is working with a residential homeowner, the company hired to do the job has to work around the contents of the home such as furniture, electronics, books, or other items affected by the damage. Additionally, the company has to monitor the procedure and make sure that all work gets completed including the drying of all damaged items.
Flooding and Storm Damage
Flooding and storm damage could be the result of a snowstorm, hurricane, or tornado. The pressure from the water sometimes moves objects around thereby destroying them. Some of the damages include plumbing, electrical problems, damaged floors, windows, or other structure of the house. Before calling for assistance, see if it is safe to stay in the house.
The company expected to do the repair will advise you to mop the area. If you have lamps and other items on the table top, wipe the water from the area after removing such items. If you have upholstered furniture, remove the upholstery from the furniture along with the cushions and prop them up. It is advisable to place aluminum foil or wood blocks between the furniture legs and the wet carpeting.
Moreover, if this occurs during the summer, turn on the air conditioner to assist with the drying process. If you have any rugs placed on the carpeting, remove them. Remove all art and place them somewhere safe. If there are any loose items on the floor, pick them up.
If your basement gets flooded, call your insurance agent to see how much you will have to pay out of pocket for the cleanup. You can save some money on repairs by doing some of the work. Shovel out the mud from the basement. Do as much as you can. Use a hose to wash away the remaining dirt from hard surfaces. You will need a heavy duty cleaner and some hot water to scrub the surfaces. Afterward, disinfect the area with chlorine bleach. Add a ¼ cup per gallon of water.
Disinfect all kitchen wares by placing them in a large container of water. Add two tablespoons of chlorine bleach per gallon of hot water. Let the dishes air dry. You can disinfect silverware and utensils by boiling them for ten minutes. Do not use chlorine bleach in the boiling process. It will cause the metals to darken. Use chlorine bleach to clean the cupboards and countertops.
Shut down the electricity and call an electrician right away. Do not turn it on until it gets inspected by certified electrician.
The experts advise that you should be careful around sewage backup due to contamination. The wastewater contains bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other viruses that could lead to serious illnesses such as Hepatitis A. Turn off the electrical power to prevent any accidental fires. Leave the contaminated area immediately. Call a professional to assist with the cleanup.
In conclusion, when it comes to water damage restoration, call your insurance company first to see how much you will have to pay out of pocket. It is understandable that you will want to save money, so follow the instructions from the company that will be doing the cleanup. They will give you some advice on what to do before they get there.
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